DUQUOIN, Ill. — official series release — Photo courtesy POWRi Racing —
Short-track superstar Bryan Clauson has filed an entry for the 5th annual Great Clips Battle at the Center presented by K&N Filters on Dec. 20, a POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series non-points event which features an all-star field on the Mini-Magic Mile at the Southern Illinois Center on the grounds of the DuQuoin State Fair.
“It’s a tough event to win, a race that is kind of young and is growing every year,” Clauson said. “Obviously, it is a tune-up for the Chili Bowl.”
The 25-year-old Clauson has two wins on the one-sixth mile Southern Illinois Center track, the Battle at the Center in 2011 and a regular season POWRi feature in 2012. He was running second and challenging eventual winner Tony Stewart for the lead with seven laps remaining at the 2012 Battle at the Center when contact from behind took him out of contention. He finished eighth.
Clauson of Noblesville, Ind., had five feature victories in POWRi Midgets this year and has 27, second on the all-time list to Brad Loyet’s 33, in 64 starts in his career. Clauson had 21 victories this year in POWRi and USAC National Midgets and Sprint Cars and has 66 USAC National wins in his career. He has been USAC National Driver of the Year three times and was twice champion of USAC’s National Midgets and Sprint Cars.
Clauson’s greatest triumph in midgets was the 2013 Chili Bowl, a prestigious five-day event that brings together short track drivers from all forms of dirt racing to the Tulsa, Okla., Expo Center. It had nearly 300 entries last year.
“It was a big win, maybe the biggest of my career,” Clauson said. “It’s something that people don’t realize how hard it is to win. I’m excited about going back in January (12-17) and trying to win it again.”
Clauson will be returning to the Indianapolis 500 in May driving for Jonathan Byrd’s Racing. He raced at Indianapolis in 2012, finishing 30th as a rookie.
CREDIT: POWRi Racing